‘Thirty years ago there stood…in the borough of Southwark … the Marshalsea Prison. It had stood there many years before, and it remained there some years afterwards; but it is gone now, and the world is none the worse without it.' Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
Amy Dorrit’s father is not very good with money. She was born in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison and has lived there with her family for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs Clennam. But Amy’s fortunes are about to change: the arrival of Mrs Clennam’s son Arthur, back from working in China, heralds the beginning of stunning revelations not just about Amy but also about Arthur himself.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
"It tripped my social conscience and infected me for the rest of my life" -- Jon Snow "I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet" -- Donna Tartt "He's a marvellous writer...He's very, very good" -- William Trevor "There is no one Dickens novel I could pick over all the others. Dickens is huge-like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer-or any combination of these" -- Susannah Clarke "In Little Dorrit, Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approached" -- George Orwell
Series: Vintage Dickens
Number Of Pages: 960
Published: 28th August 2008
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.59